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Oral law (Heb., torah she-beʿal-peh). The (in origin) orally transmitted interpretation of the Jewish written law. According to the rabbis, there are two parts of Torah ‘one written and one oral’ (ARN 15. 61). Traditionally both Torahs were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Oral Torah was studied in the academies and eventually collected together and written down by Judah ha-Nasi in the 2nd cent. CE (see MISHNAH). Subsequently, commentary and interpretation of the Mishnah were recorded in the Talmud (6th cent.). In the modern era, the Progressive movements have largely rejected the belief in the divine origin of Jewish law and are therefore ready to disregard any halakhic provisions which conflict with modern secular values.

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Oral Law

Oral Law the part of Jewish religious law believed to have been passed down by oral tradition before being collected in the Mishnah.

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